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Aug. 1st, 2011 (UTC)

Of course, this has to be done in moderation.

The point of the post is that this is not done in moderation, and if it can't be done in moderation, it should be avoided. Twenty minutes of anyone talking about their own work - unless the panel is about them and their own work - is too much.

At a convention of reasonable size, there will be 5 people, and the panel will be 55 minutes long. Doing the math, this results in eleven minutes each. I'm not joking about the 20 minutes; it's not hyperbole. I have timed the worst of the offenders at 20, 21 and 23 minutes (I was in the audience for the last one), and in each of these cases, the audience was bored and somewhat resentful by the time the droner was asked, more or less politely, to please for the love of god stop.

Talking about your experience as a writer is not the same thing. If you are blessed enough to have never attended a panel that has been entirely hijacked by someone and their "in my book" drone, you are lucky.

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